Inhabited since the eighth century BCE, Armenia's capital is brimming with rich history and vibrant culture. Stroll through the city and you'll encounter a mish-mash of architectural styles. Enter traditional pandoks (taverns) where locals play backgammon or pass through dalan archways that lead to courtyards lined by whimsical wooden balconies and quaint churches - between these historic relics lie Soviet-era buildings and modern structures. Spend days learning about Yerevan's history at the Armenian Genocide Museum, where you can read about the massacre of Armenians under Ottoman rule, or get a culture-fix at the Cafesjian Center for the Arts. Later, saunter along tree-filled boulevards to find local fruit and vegetable markets or sip soorch (Armenian-style coffee) by the musical fountains in Republic Square.